Issue 599: An Ode to Napster; Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music is Very Expensive

Blog, Music, Streaming

An Ode To Napster, The Site That Broke The Music Industry (And Maybe For The Better)
An Ode To Napster, The Site That Broke The Music Industry (And Maybe For The Better)junkee.com
Napster wreaked havoc across the music industry, and changed the way we listen to music forever. We take a look back at the iconic site.

Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music Is Very Expensive
Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music Is Very Expensivewww.forbes.com
Profitability remains challenging.

SpongeBob got a bigger streaming bump than Adam Levine after Super Bowl 2019
SpongeBob got a bigger streaming bump than Adam Levine after Super Bowl 2019nypost.com
It really is a sweet, “Sweet Victory.”
Streams for the song SpongeBob Squarepants and the gang performed at the Super Bowl 53 halftime show jumped…

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service
Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Servicewww.theverge.com
Spotify sent out its updated Terms of Service today, and among the changes are some updates to User Guidelines. The new guidelines explicitly ban third-party ad blockers, bots, and fraudulent streaming activities.

Steve Dempsey: 'Streaming and a podcast boom may kill the radio star'
Steve Dempsey: 'Streaming and a podcast boom may kill the radio star'www.independent.ie
The music streaming company Spotify isn’t happy with its 200 million users, 96 million of whom are paying subscribers. It wants more. It wants to become the world’s largest audio platfo

How Amazon Is Betting on Voice to Drive Up Prime Music Adoption in India
How Amazon Is Betting on Voice to Drive Up Prime Music Adoption in Indiagadgets.ndtv.com
Amazon is slowly building up its voice capabilities in an effort to make sure consumers spend more time listening to music.

Siri co-founder Tom Gruber's new music startup LifeScore joins Abbey Road Red tech incubator
Siri co-founder Tom Gruber's new music startup LifeScore joins Abbey Road Red tech incubator www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
LifeScore is an adaptive music platform

Calm raises $88m: should meditation be on Spotify’s audio radar?
Calm raises $88m: should meditation be on Spotify’s audio radar?musically.com
Investor interest in the space is clear: yesterday another mindfulness startup, Calm, raised an $88m funding round valuing the company at $1bn.

Sonos Sold Close to $500 Million in Smart Speakers During Holiday Quarter, Posts Record Profit
Sonos Sold Close to $500 Million in Smart Speakers During Holiday Quarter, Posts Record Profitvariety.com
Sonos is now generating nearly half of its revenue from home theater products.

How Streaming Saved The Record Industry
How Streaming Saved The Record Industryfijisun.com.fj
Although things are looking up at the moment, the music business is an unpredictable animal, but even so, will investors be able to resist a stake in the number one music company?…

Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018
Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018www.hypebot.com

Bobby Owsinski breaks down some complex recent streaming data, which highlights the disparity between the royalty rates paid out by major streamers.